Dental Practice Settings and Job Satisfaction

August 2015 - 55 min

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In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and HPI examined how dentists view different aspects of solo, small group, and large group practice. Key findings include:

  • Dentists working in small group settings reported the highest overall career satisfaction. See more details in this JADA article.
  • Dentists working in large group settings reported more satisfaction with income and benefits and less stress than dentists in solo practice. In a related study, the researchers compared career satisfaction in two types of large group practices: dental service organizations (DSOs) and practices completely owned and operated by dentists. View the career satisfaction study (PDF).
  • Census data shows that very large dental practices are seeing significant growth in market share in the dental care sector. Read about it in the new HPI study (PDF).

Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute

Anthony T. LoSasso, PhD, Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Quinn Dufurrena, DDS, JD, Executive Director, Association of Dental Support Organizations

Irene Marron-Tarrazzi, DMD, MS, Dentist, Brickell Periodontics, Miami